Co-Defendants Convicted of Home-Invasion Shooting

Prosecutors in District Attorney General Charme P. Allen’s Career Gang Unit have convicted another man of multiple criminal offenses stemming from a February 2014 home-invasion shooting in the Fort Sanders neighborhood. A Knox County jury convicted Brandon Deshawn Middlebrook, 26, of multiple counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, Especially Aggravated Burglary, Employing a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony, and Aggravated Assault. Following a three-day trial in February, a separate jury convicted co-defendant Joshua Martez Williams, 21, of the same charges. Assistant District Attorney General TaKisha Fitzgerald presented both cases for the State of Tennessee.

“We will not tolerate violent, home-invasion crimes such as this in Knox County,” said Allen.”Criminals who commit these types of crimes can expect our prosecutors to ask for the longest prison sentences allowable under the law.”

Williams will be sentenced by Judge Bob McGee on March 12, 2015. Middlebrook’s sentencing will follow at a later date. Williams and Middlebrook each face a minimum of twenty-five years in prison, but the District Attorney’s Office will seek an enhanced penalty at the sentencing hearing.

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